Department of Crop Sciences


Freshman Admission

Freshman admission is based on high school course work, high school class rank, ACT or SAT scores, information provided in a background statement and, in certain cases, a professional interest statement. Transfer admission is based on 60 semester hours of transferable credit and a cumulative grade point average.

You can obtain an application for admission from high school or community college guidance counselors, or by contacting the University of Illinois Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please feel free to call the office at (217) 333-0302, apply online, or write by mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
901 W. Illinois Street
Urbana, IL, 61801

Transfer Admission

Admission of junior transfer applicants is based on a combination of the hours and content of transferable credit and the transfer GPA. Admission of sophomore applicants is based on a combination of college and high school credentials. The minimum transfer GPA is 2.25 (A=4.0). However, most curricula require a higher GPA.

Most transfer programs also require the completion of prerequisite coursework prior to enrollment. The Transfer Handbook lists all such requirements by programs of study. Detailed transfer course information is available on this site to help you determine the transferability of any coursework.

If the number of qualified applicants to a college or curriculum exceeds the admissions quota, those best qualified will be admitted, and preference may be given to Illinois residents. Sophomore transfer applicants (students with less than 60 transferable semester hours) may be restricted when space is limited. To view which programs are considering applicants at your level, you can check the open and closed list.

Official transcripts are required from each college and/or university you have attended. Official high school transcripts are required to verify graduation. If you have not earned a high school diploma yet, you need to apply as a freshman. If you received a GED certificate, you will need to submit the GED results.

Applicants are also required to answer one essay question on the application and are given an opportunity to submit additional information:

  • Essay: In an essay of 300 words or less, explain your motivation to transfer from your current/previous institution and how your academic interests and/or professional goals will be fulfilled in your intended program of study.
  • Additional Information (optional): If you selected a second choice major, please explain your interest in this major.
  • Additional Information (optional): If you are unable to meet one or more of the transfer admissions requirements for your program, please explain. Or, is there any additional information you feel we should be aware of while reviewing your application, including extenuating circumstances that affected your academic record?